City Manager System

Date in History: 1930

During the 1920s, Fort Atkinson endured a bitter dispute when the mayor pushed through a plan to sell the city-owned gas and electric utilities to finance a new city hall.

After the controversial municipal building opened in 1929, petitions began to circulate to change Fort Atkinson’s municipal government from the Mayor and Alderman system to a new type of government that only a few communities in the nation had then adopted the city manager system.

This historic document aired on the radio as an Historic Minute on 02/27/2006.

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